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DILG Chief orders house-to-house check on covid-19 patients

July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — To strenghten its fight against the deadly coronavirus disease, the government will be conducting a house-to-house search, the DILG chief said on Tuesday. DILG chief Eduardo Año said house-to-house checking will help the government identify more covid-19 patients with mild symptoms and tranfer them to monitoring facilities, purposely to avoid the spread of the virus. Año said those with respiratory disease and with mild symptoms will not be permitted anymore to just quarantine themselves without any government interventions, especially if the house has no necessary facilities.   However, those patients deemed asymptomatic will be allowed to have home quarantine. Provided, however, they have their own room and bath, and do not have anyone in the house who is considered vulnerable “Ang gagawin natin, sa tulong ng ating LGUs at Philippine National Police ay iba-bahay-bahay po natin ‘yan at dadalhin natin ang ating mga positive sa ating COVID-19 facilities,” Año told the media during an online press briefing. “Sa atin pong mga mamamayan, kung alam po ninyo na ang inyong kapitbahay ay merong positive at nagtatago i-report po ninyo sa amin. Ito po ay isang batas, RA 11332,” Año said.

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Newlywed Octogenarian found positive of COVED-19 in MisOr

July 15, 2020

MISAMIS ORIENTAL: A newlywed octogenarian and two others were the first confirmed “community transmitted COVID-19 cases” in Misamis Oriental, health officials said Wednesday. Acting town mayor Jaime Roa, 80, of Naawan in Misamis Oriental reportedly got married in June this year and was admitted to a hospital on Saturday after complaining of cough and cold. A swab test taken from Roa, a medical doctor himself, found him positive of COVID-19, Dr. Jerrie Calingasan, head of Misamis Oriental’s provincial, inter-agency task force COVID, said Wednesday. He said that Roa’s wife and the other members of the household were later tested negative after undergoing RT-PCR swab tests. However, Calingasan said, Roa’s driver and a top town official were tested positive for the corona virus and were now confined in the town’s isolation unit. He said that Roa’s case was “asymptomatic,” but health officials were now conducting contact tracing on all employees and friends close to the acting town mayor. Calingasan said that Roa’s health condition is very stable and asked that he be sent home to undergo “home quarantine” himself. “We have been trying to look into the source of the infection since this is the first officially recorded community transmitted COVID-19 in Misamis Oriental,” Calingasan said.

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Save the Children Philippines expands nutrition programs to protect children from stunting

July 15, 2020

STUNTING, the worst form of malnutrition, has been a pervasive concern among Filipino children. In 2019, 28.8% of children below five years old experience malnutrition due to prolonged hunger while the stunting rate among children two years old and below is at 21.9% according to the report of the Department of Science and Technology – Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). Atty. Alberto Muyot, Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Philippines, said that stunting is an irreversible condition which leads to the severe damage and impairment of a child’s physical and brain development, and adult productivity.   To help address the problem and in observance of the Nutrition Month, Save the Children Philippines has launched Project NURTURE (Nutrition among Urban Poor through Unified Response) in Villareal, Samar on July 6, 2020 to protect deprived and marginalized children from chronic and acute malnutrition.   “Save the Children, aims to help prevent cases of stunting among children, and provide guidance and support to parents, communities, and the local government units (LGUs) on multi-sectoral approaches to nutrition programs,” said Muyot.   Project NURTURE was successfully implemented in eight deprived barangays in Navotas City from 2016 to 2019 by reducing cases of undernutrition among children through integration of social protection such as conditional cash transfers, livelihood trainings, parent education and targeted dietary supplementation feeding programs to nutrition interventions.   Meanwhile, Muyot also aired concern on the rising cases of undernutrition as unemployment rate swelled to 17.7% in April, accounting to 7.3 million Filipinos in the labor force – many of which reportedly lost their jobs due to the imposition of community quarantine restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Unemployment in the time of health crisis adversely impacts the vulnerable and marginalized, especially children, pregnant and lactating mothers, those with disabilities, and the poorest of the poor as the loss of income of household providers, breadwinners means less provision of food,” said Muyot.   Dr. Amado Parawan, Health and Nutrition Advisor of Save the Children Philippines, said “we must understand that stunting is not hereditary and poses permanent risks to children’s health and well-being.”   He added that “it is ironic that most of the stunted children belong to households in farming and fishing communities who are actually the producers of our food but remain as one of the country’s poorest families.”   Save the Children Philippines works in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), the National Nutrition Council, and the LGUs in the implementation of maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition programs to address undernutrition among children through the provision of necessary trainings to Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and health center staff.   The child rights group is also credited in the enactment of the First 1,000 Days Law (Republic Act No. 11148), known as the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag- Nanay Act” in November 2019 that seeks to reduce malnutrition rates by focusing on high-impact and evidence-based nutrition interventions and programs such as exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, complementary feeding, and continued breastfeeding for the next two years of a child and beyond, and micronutrient supplementation.

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Mayor in Misamis Oriental tests positive of the deadly coronavirus disease

July 14, 2020

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental, Philippines - The Municipal Health Office of Naawan town, this province, has confirmed to the media that acting Mayor Jaime Roa tested positive of the deadly coronavirus disease. Immediately after the acting mayor was confirmed with the covid-19 infection, government authorities implemented a "localized containment" in Purok 7, Barangay Linangkayan, where the residence of Mayor Roa was situated. Dr Gwendelyn Labastilla, Naawan town's municipal health officer said the mayor was taken swab samples right after three employees of the local government he has direct contact with already tested positive of the virus during a rapid testing. But said employees also tested negative on RT-PCR.    Labastilla said afer three employees were confirmed positive of the rapid antibody tests, the 80-year-old mayor voluntarily submitted to the swab tests, in which it turned out he was also positive. However, except for the municipal mayor, all employees who have also undergone the Reverse Transcription - Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests have tested negative of the virus. The province of Misamis Oriental, based on DOH data, has already recorded 24 confirmed cases and the acting mayor of Naawan was the 25th case.  Labastilla, the municipal doctor said, has no recent travel records except in Cagayan de Oro City. Meanwhile, there are now more than one hundred families in Naawan who were affected by the 14-day localized containment which stared last Saturday (July 11) in Barangay Linangkayan. The police blocked the two roads leading to community and were guarded by policemen and members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Team (BPAT). As of July 13, 2020, the Department of Health has released its Covid-19 Briefer No. 157, confirming 23 new confirmed cases of covid-19 infection as follows: 10 in Bukidnon, 2 in Lanao del Norte, 5 in Misamis Occidental, 1 in Cagayan de Oro City and 4 in Iligan City.  

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Oro eyes drinking water analysis lab

July 14, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The City Council under Vice Mayor  Raineir Joaquin V. "Kikang" Uy has enacted an ordinance establishing the Cagayan de Oro City drinking water bacteriological analysis laboratory in the city. The ordiance was enacted to  provide drinking water laboratory analysis services to Cagayan de Oro residents, the Power said in a press statement sent via e-mail. It said that the purpose of the ordinance is for the city to make available assured quality laboratory for drinking water analysis with regular monitoring and analysis of all water sources to ensure public health, and to provide establishments in Cagayan de Oro with access to bacteriological water analysis examinations. The enacted ordinance was also in line with PD (Presidential Decree) no. 856 or the Code of Sanitation of the Philippines, which prescribes the standards and procedures in ensuring water quality to be implemented in all levels of local government units. As provided in the ordinance, the drinking water testing laboratory shall be compliant with the standards and requirements set by the Department of Health (DOH). The laboratory will have an adequate number of medical technologists, analysts and other health professionals with documented training and experience to conduct the laboratory procedures. It shall also have a  certified pathologist to supervise the activities in the laboratory in accordance with the standards set by the Philippine Society of Pathologists, and provide staff development and continuing education program at all levels of organization to upgrade the knowledge, attitude and skills of staff. As stipulated in the ordinance,  fees shall be charged for services to be paid at the City Treasurer’s Office. These services are: drinking water analysis (P500 to P700 per sample); test kits/reagents (P350); collection bottles (P120); disinfectants (P25); and forms (P4). The legislation was reviewed and endorsed by the committees on health and health insurance, on ways and means, and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Maria Lourdes S. Gaane, George Goking, and Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, respectively. (SP/JBDacer)

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PNP-10 awaits motorcycle barrier design, allows back riding for couples

July 14, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Without yet the prototype or barrier design to be placed between the motorcycle driver and passenger from the National Inter Agency Task Force (IATF), the Philippine National Police (PNP)-10 still allows back riding for couples starting July 10. During the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force Press Conference, July 14, PLtCol Mardy Hortillosa said, "Ang mando namo sa kapulisan pwede mag-angkas maski wala pa ang barrier kay nagpaabot pa ta sa barrier design nga gamiton. Kung naa na, ang mga gamotorsiklo kinahanglan nga magpabutang gyud ato." (Based on our mandate from the police, motorcycle back riding is allowed even without the barrier yet since we are still waiting for the barrier design that will be used. If the design is already available, motorcycle drivers should put one on their vehicle) Since July 10, Hortillosa said they have not reported any violation on back riding and emphasized that they are intensifying the awareness on back riding guidelines including the use of helmet of both the driver and passenger, and wearing of face mask at all times. As for Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sec. Eduardo Año's pronouncement on back riding, Regional Director Arnel Agabe said there is a unified policy on such that should be followed by the local government units (LGUs). The prototype designs submitted by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap and Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca, where the driver would wear the barrier like a backpack, were approved by the National Task Force for COVID-19 and shall be adhered to, Agabe said.   The regional director added, "Kung mas maayo na ang atong kahimtang (If we have a better situation) and if we will make a very positive performance and accomplishment in the prevention and containment of the virus, dili lang ang minyo o common-law couples ang i-allow nga i-backride pwede na ang uban pud (not only the married or common-law couples will be allowed for motorcycle back riding, others may be allowed as well) DILG said back-riders will be asked to present documents at Quarantine Control Points (QCPs) or to law enforcers as proof that they are indeed a couple. Agabe said a married couple must have the same last name and for common-law partners, they must share the same address. The department also reminded the public though that as the design of the motorcycle is modified, riders must be cautious and must always observe speed limit while riding. (RTP/PIA10)  

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